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Cole impressed by new Chelsea

August 25, 2012
By ESPN staff

Ashley Cole believes the new-look Chelsea are off to the perfect start after the club ensured their third straight league win by defeating Newcastle 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

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Belgian winger Eden Hazard got his first goal for Chelsea after scoring a first-half penalty before Fernando Torres added a second just before the break.

Chelsea have altered their style this season, looking to pass the ball more, and Cole is delighted with how quickly the team has gelled.

"We've lost Didier Drogba, a big powerful presence up front and sometimes we just used to knock it up to him,'' the England left-back told ESPN, "but now we've signed some smaller players so we've got to get the ball down and play a little bit more now. The second goal today was a great goal for the whole team.''

It was Torres' third of the season and Cole believes the Spaniard, who had to settle for a bit-part role at times last season, could fill the void left by Drogba's move to China.

"Of course it was really hard for him to (only) get that many games (last season),'' he said, "but when he did play he worked really hard for the team. Now he's the main man, like you say, but he's full of confidence after the European Championships and he scored a great goal today.''

Hazard was impressive once more for the Blues, seemingly adapting to the Premier League with ease following his summer move from Lille.

"I think he deserves a lot of credit for the start to the season we've had,'' Cole said. "He's won two penalties, got two assists and now a goal - it's phenomenal. We're proud to have this guy in the team and hopefully he can keep doing it.''

Hazard added: "I'm very happy to get my first goal at Stamford Bridge.''